Pratt & Whitney and Supplier Partners Celebrate Inauguration of Project Krushi Primary School
HYDERABAD, India, July 17, 2013
Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, and its supplier partners dedicated a $75,000 USD (4,379,625 INR) addition that will provide two classrooms, an e-learning center, a playground, toilets, and a kitchen and storeroom to the primary school in the village of Gowdavally. Pratt & Whitney contributed $20,000 USD (1,167,900 INR) and United Technologies Corp. contributed $25,000 USD (1,358,894 INR).
The primary school will be used to educate elementary-age children from nearby villages and Association Saikorian's Project Krushi, a home for children from difficult circumstances, who are housed, educated and then integrated into the mainstream society. The previous facility did not have enough classrooms to accommodate Krushi students, which impacted attendance.
"At Pratt & Whitney and UTC, we are committed to improving the communities in which we live and work. With our partners, we are proud to provide these children with the education, facilities and direction they need to be successful," said Thomas Prete, vice president, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney. "We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Association Saikorian and continuing to support the next generation of scientists, engineers and business professionals in India."
The project was executed by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) India-Hyderabad Chapter, EWB-USA (University of Connecticut Chapter), Ingenieure Ohne Grenzen (EWB-Germany) and Infotech Enterprises Ltd (EWB Hyderabad Professional Chapter), Pratt & Whitney's engineering services provider in Hyderabad. In addition to Pratt & Whitney and UTC, QuEST Global Engineering, MTU Aero Engines North America, Belcan and Mr. Ralph Noyes, a local private donor from the United States, financially supported the project.
As part of Pratt & Whitney's commitment to the environment, several features were incorporated into the building to make it environmentally friendly. The kitchen uses biodegradable fuel for cooking; the sanitary system uses recycled water; rain water harvesting is done at the school campus; the playground is composed of degradable materials; and the classrooms and e-learning center are powered by solar energy.
As part of Pratt & Whitney's commitment to the safety and security of more than 100 children of the Krushi Home, a surveillance system (CCTV and public address) was installed at Krushi Home.
Since 2004, Pratt & Whitney has supported Project Krushi's work through an annual contribution to the Association Saikorian that now totals more than $148,000 USD (8,552,920 INR). In addition to the annual contribution, Pratt & Whitney has funded major improvements to Krushi:
- • In 2012, Pratt & Whitney and its suppliers dedicated a $73,000 USD (4,076,685 INR) two-story addition that provided five new classrooms, a science lab, a kitchen and store room, and a library for the Z.P. High School in the village of Gowdavally.
- • In 2011, Pratt & Whitney dedicated a $6,000 USD (3,06,000 INR) e-Learning Center to Z.P. High School in the village of Gowdavally.
- • Pratt & Whitney and its suppliers dedicated an $85,000 USD (4,746,825 INR) solar power project in 2010 that provides the electricity needed for Project Krushi. The solar power project was funded, in part, by a $40,000 USD (2,233,800 INR) grant from Pratt & Whitney.
- • In 2009, a $5,000 USD (279,225 INR) Pratt & Whitney Green Power Grant funded an Infotech-executed water filtration system to provide clean, potable drinking water to the 100 children, ranging in age from 4 to 18 years old, who live at Project Krushi.
Project Krushi, an Association Saikorian initiative, was established in 1995 to give children from difficult circumstances a safe living environment. While every effort is made to counsel and restore the children to their parents/relatives, those children who cannot be restored for various reasons are provided with shelter, food and education to mold them into productive and responsible citizens. For more information about the Association Saikorian and Project Krushi, visit www.projectkrushi.org/.
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